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Monotonik is an Internet-only music label that _exclusively_ releases electronic music online in the mp3 format - subscribe to our RSS feed to get info on the latest releases.

In their words: All of our releases are freely downloadable and distributable for personal, non-commercial use, and we've been releasing .mp3 and .mod files online since May 1996. We offer mellow and melodic 'idm' electronic music, alongside bleep-inflected retro videogame soundtrack stylings, plus selections of more uptempo breakbeat, drum and bass, and 'nu chill', courtesy DJs, groups, and producers from all over the world. More information about the label is available at our main website, http://www.monotonik.com

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Monotonik
by Substance
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A new Monotonik track, and this time a fine release from Kuu. Actually, this one reminds us very much of the classic Harthouse/Eye-Q style of techno, which can only be a good thing. There's enough percussion in here to stun a horse. In case people are still wondering how Mono artists manage to get so much into 4 channels, there's an utility called MOD2SMP which allows the composer to compose a whole drum-pattern in 4 channels, and then output it as a sample which can be used in just 1 channel....
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Monotonik
by Substance
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Another substantial release from the marvellous minimal-trancer, and this time a mellower track, twinned with a trademark phasing, hihat-smearing tune. 4 channels ain't dead. :) There's more to come - watch out for a distinctly non-trademark triphop track from Substance in the coming releases. Whee, and what's more, wheee.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Ooch. Some serious roughness from the normally gentle and caring Substance. ;) Well, ok, he's hardly been a saint, but this is downright prosecutable. Jazz bass, twinkling hi-hats, and a buzz, buzz, buzz buzz in your eardrum bass from somewhere da other side of Pluto. The planet, not the cartoon character. Stand back before igniting.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The most excellent Substance comes back at us with this track, apparently inspired by the experimentalism of Radiohead's new album. Only more so. It's better not to over-elaborate, perhaps, but let's just say that this one is quite a long way.. out there.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A return, at last, for the rather versatile Substance, and here he is demonstrating succinct knowledge of the beep and tuck. Almost mechanoid, this is somewhere between Kraftwerk and Mu-Ziq, and has those gorgeously kiddie melodies so beloved of Warp-ish characters all the way from Sir Aphex to the recently recognised Plone. Back into the fold then, and good to go. Wheeeee.
Topics: Substance, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Whiskas+Substance
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The first track from Whiskas to go out on the Mono label, and it's a large, scarily detailed remix of his good friend Substance. Never mind the size, listen to the depth - this is really stretching four channels as far as it can possibly go. Total originality is what the crowd wants, and it's what the crowd gets. :)
Topics: Whiskas+Substance, Whiskas, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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This time round a visit to the sharper end of the Mono spectrum (no blunted beatz here..), and Substance's knack for the rhythmic but different shines thru. And 'liquid wax' describes the phasing SH-101 bass which is Kuu's trademark pretty well. Watch out for more Substance stuff soon, including tunes previously performed live at raves in Finland, heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Well, the debut Mono release from Substance is an EP of some of the best trance-MODs I've ever heard. Yeah, yeah, I'm biased, but who can deny that these tunes kick considerable ass? "Zenith Aura" throws the percussion round like some serious mechanical maniacs got let loose in your computer, "Monotone" phases and hits like a pipe-toking robot bad-ass mofo, and "Trips Of Orange Capsules" is flowing, experimental, and relaxing all at once. There ain't no doubt that...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Substance strikes back with a Mono release which isn't minimalist trance. :) In fact, Substance's style extends way past tranceland (check out the melodic junglism of his Assembly96 tune, "The Hub", or indeed "Drum+Bass Frenzie"), and this time he's cooked up an intriguing tekno with metal breaks and frazzled synths piece, inspired by a certain Aphex Twin collaborator, Mike Paradinas. Nice, sorted, and damn original. Oh, and the title means something very silly in a...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Various Artists
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Spring is in the air, and it's time to get all funky n jazzy with the second instalment of the Mortimer Twang remixes. There's no doubt Mortimer and Black Sista were a big influence on Mono, and to repay the debt, his right-hand man Ohgosh and fellow Black Sista Kuu both give him some wicked remix styles. This one's for you, Mr.Tee :)
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Ohgosh, Substance
Monotonik
by Substance
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First in the series of _serious_ 'quality-not-quantity' trip on Mono, this EP from Substance highlights the new directions elektronik musik is going in nowadays - think Warp, Rephlex, Squarepusher, et al. And let's face it, who else is doing this kinda complex, far-ahead stuff in 4-channel? Fifteen - love. Check da next release for the next installment of Mono's quality drive. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by BayTremore+Ramone+Substance
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It's tricky. In some danger of becoming the Penn and Teller of the underground scene - now you see him, now you don't? With the undercurrents of the macabre but the straightahead gobsmacking in there too, it's a valid comparison, but, let's face it, Bay Tremore just ain't that.. sick. Although perhaps some of his basslines are a little.. evil :) Anyhow, in the latest instalment he takes on some of the recent mono211 releases from ramone and substance, gives them a good seeing-to, and dumps them...
Topics: BayTremore+Ramone+Substance, Bay Tremore, Ramone, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A new year, a new song. hah. This time round minimalist techno sorta gets warped round triphop, courtesy of Substance, and a nice kinda melange gets spewed out. And am I the only one that thinks the bass sounds like a certain Neneh Cherry + Youssou N`Dour song? heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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When our brainwaves aren't stimulated, we run the risk of becoming brain dead. Substance has negated this risk with his very own minimal response to the question "are we here?". This is possibly the deepest Mono has got into the science of nothing meaning everything - keep listening, you'll understand in the end. maybe.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Back again on the label with the mono and the 2 and the 1 and the 1, it's the finnish groove-god hymn-self with some real chilled jazzy action. why _do_ we like the jazz-chill-groove so much? it's definitely partly to do with the fact we release over the Net, and so people listen at home on their computers.. beats that sound kickass in clubs sometimes sound boring at home, and vice versa, which we think is a mistake a lot of sceners make. but with our forthcoming videogame and vinyl action...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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It's difficult to find anything to say about this tune, because it's just so.... mmmmm. The drums, the melodies, the style seem to mesh like Sabres of Paradise managed so well on "Smokebelch", and Substance is truly the jewel in Mono's crown. Just you wait til we start releasing his drum n bass tunes, then you'll truly freek out. :) Overstated, us? never. ;)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Various Artists
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From an idea originally suggested by Oh-Gosh, and quite possibly Mortimer himself, this joint release (heh, he said joint!) with Black Sista is a collection of remixes of Mortimer Twang, Sweet Mortimer Tee, M.Twang Esq. With absolutely no irony, this release is dedicated to Meester Twang himself. Lucas, you rule. Don't forget to check da Black Sista homepage at http://blacksista.mypage.org for more good stuff, of course. :) And thanks to all the artists involved for making this rather pleasant....
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Ramone, Substance, Zyad, Subi
Monotonik
by Substance
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Quiet, please. If I could have your attention? Finland's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest is "Phonk Phaq". The orchestra will be conducted by some blunted kidz from the ghetto. There will be a fine jungle remix courtesy of Substance's brain (tm). And the lord shall be happy, and he will decree that it was good. And people will cherish and enjoy this Mono release forever. Amen.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The return of the Mack, wouldn't you know it, and it's with a brand-new composed jungle track. Mortimer reckons b-boy science is the way to go, but the drum n' bass still puts us in our place, huh? Please note that this is numero duo in the 'mono-back-on-track' series. And watch out for more Mortimer Twang stuff on Mono soon. If you would.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Already out on 'limited dub plate' lha-archive release, but only available to the very luckiest of Amiga owners, this storming intelligent drum+bass track now comes out via official Mono methods. Turn those speakers _up_, sonny, before we come round and tell you to turn them up some more. And watch out for a "Minimal Response EP" from the utterly charming blonde Substance-abuser.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance
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More rewording and reordering as Substance takes elements from two previous releases (Tek's mp3 "Benedict" and Prob+Ebb's "Stylez") and merges and melds to come up with this mellifluous hybrid. It's fun to play with sounds, isn't it? Watch out for a simultaneous/near-simultaneous Malik remix of "Stylez" on Theralite (http://pigforce.warande.net/theralite), incidentally.. mmm, synchronicity can be so constructive, hm?
Topics: Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance, Prob., Ebb, Tek, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
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This track comes from a guest-star, Arizona's very own Tek, who's part of the Micro.Spy DJ/live-act collective, and it's an absolutely firing jungle track with multi-layered guitars, vocal hits,and a real original stylee putting it somewhere between the oldskool jump-up and the 'brand' new junglefunk styles, but over and above them. New perspectives on breakbeats from the land of the original funky drummer, that's what we like to see :)
Topic: Electronic
After the unexpected and tragic loss of Andi Horvath, aka Ramone/Mono, of a sudden heart failure in June (tribute page here ), we at Monotonik+friends were contacted by his friends at Fruitz Of Dojo (the Mac demo-scene group he was a member of) with a number of great unreleased Ramone .XM tracks (playable in WinAmp) which had been composed, in the months before he passed away, for both a demo ('Fistful Of Dojo') and a 'chip' music-disc ('SuperSIDekick Sessions'). So, we're proud to present...
Topic: Electronic
Monotonik
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After being vaguely dormant for some time, Mono211,the sister, much more hiphop-influenced breakz+beatslabel to Monotonik, returns, with this rather cutetune from Helsinki, Finland native Substance. Substance (who also releases on Monotonik as Kuu),has crafted a smartly oldskool track from an acidbassline, loping drums, and some lovely scratchyhits and vocal samples. Put the needle on the recordand check it, s'il vous plait..
Topic: Electronic
Monotonik
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Arizona's majestic Micro.Spy collective, including Tek, who produced one of the classic early m211 mp3 tracks in "Benedict", come right back at us with "Flimflam", and boy, does this one kick up a storm? Just listen to the wicked breakbeat style - this is the kind of release mono211 would like to think would characterise its style, going forward - that and the natty Squarepusher-ish jazz-jam, which you'll see a lot of in forthcoming releases.. cool!
Topic: Electronic
Monotonik
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We return with a beautifully produced track from Ramone and his German studio partner, Trigger (who has recently been responsible for remixing Jeru Tha Damaja's "Ya Playing Yaself" for DMC Records,amongst other things.) This time it's a chill-out track that was briefly considered for the credits music on the Playstation title Mono211 have done the soundtrack for. But thankfully for you guys, it's now a m211 mp3 release, and you get to hear the distinctive blunted Ramone style given a...
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A little more unexpectedness, perhaps, in the form of this rather immaculate release from Vom. And who, exactly, might he be? Well, Vom is the drone-rock-noise alter-ego of UK Monotonik artist Vim!.. So rest assured, we haven't mis-spelt anything, it's just the usual Monotonik noise, but from an unusual angle.. and with double helpings of static. And how to describe this release? Well.. it's a trip. We travel from the serene ambience of ages, through the pixelated crowd, straight on through the...
Topic: Electronic
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Continuing on the Mono211 (breaks+eclectic) side-label odyssey, we come across French hiphop instru-mentalist Willbe (last seen as one of the winners of the Laurent Garnier remix competition, getting his mix pressed up onto limited vinyl by F Communications!), who's kindly slung us this scratchadelic tribute to Mono211, who are indeed back, back, back. So, with the help of super-scratcher Sear, this headnodder loops up pianos, rock-solid beats, and strings with super nimble scratching skills...
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Round, and round, and round he goes. And where he stops, nobody knows. Another king-of-secrets artist delivers a freaky slab of funk that kicks somewhere between Squarepusher, Funki Porcini, and someone else we can't quite place. That's right, sportsfans, the steel drum, the jazz percussion, the weird-as-heck instrumentation, the cowbell, for pity's sake! Does none of this make any sense? Probably not, but it's nice notsense.
Topic: Electronic
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Thanks to old friend Simon V. and SantorinRecordings ( http://www.santorin.de ), we havea guest-release extra-ordinaire in a wickedbdrum+snare stylee. This particular bass-b00meris actually released as a real 12-inch single onSantorin - but they've actually given it to us toput out for free on m211 too. Youch, d+b witha real twisted analogue edge. So nod your head hard to the menacing koolroc bass action, and go seek out the originalvinyl in the shops so you can perform the...
Topic: Electronic
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Another release from Australia's darling, and no, we don't mean Dame Edna, rather Super Science, whose Surgery Records album, "Love Like Life In Miniature", is a Gulliver-like masterpiece of melody, vocals, and beautifully fractured beats - as we've said before, something with the crossover appeal and unique angle of an artist like Capitol K. This time round, "This Is Over By Inches" loops up the distinctive Super Science sound - delicate synths, snatches of repeated phrases...
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Us here @ Monotonik are delighted to release a second mp3 from Australian duo, Pretty Boy Crossover, aka PBXO. Their album, "The Building And Formation", formerly to be released on Skam before indecision set in down Manchester-way, is due for release any day now on Surgery Records, the Australian label we've been forging close ties with of late. And with PBXO supporting Arab Strap on their recent Melbourne appearance, the force is strong with these Australian wunderkind, no? So,...
Topic: Electronic
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Just feel real. Mono211 kicks back into the realm of the seriously chilled for this beguiling piece of ambient, with the faintest of triphop breaks in it, courtesy of Finnish junglist Prob. Mm, the beautifully serene chords mixed with just the dreamiest acoustic break put this somewhere around the most ethereal end of Global Communication, with further nods to Pete Namlook and Dr.Motte on a less electronic tip. As Mixmaster Morris might ask, is it tomorrow already?
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Showing that he can still put out rolling breakbeats with the best of them, this Hoffman release showcases the kind of marvellous funky breaks that led De:Bug magazine in Germany to call us 'the Ninja Tune of the Net'. Mind you, this time round, 'Dark Fool' is somewhere between BT-esque progressive breakbeat, harder techno, and Incredible Bongo Band-style freestyling. Definitions are always on the tricky side, but rest assured you've got a treat in for you.
Topic: Electronic
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When the clamoring for a relaunch of Mono211 died down, we released that we'd been concentrating a little too much on the downbeat, abstract side of things, and it was good to open up with some _real_ kickin' stuff on our breakbeat break-beast of a sublabel. So here we are, and the first release sees English jazz-ster, Smash, as remixed by talented French instrumental hiphop-meister, Willbe, _THEN_ remixed by the mercurial Hoffman, who's been with Mono right from the start, even part of our...
Topic: Electronic
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Having previously churned up our oldskool .MOD treats into a swirly mix for us with his 'Mono BPM' set, and also 'possibly' behind some naughty bootleg Monotonik compilations floating around file-sharing servers worldwide, US-based Luminfire sent us this languidly individualistic original composition. It made us go 'oo'. So we released it. Neat. But more with the specifics, guv'nor? Well, "Bananadittydub" is a vibraphone-encrusted gem of a track which strangely recalls DJ Shadow in...
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Oddly-monikered enigma and force behind distinctly weirdass (mais cool) vinyl and CDs on the Kracfive and Underscore labels in the US, amongst others, Colongib has kindly deigned to release this exclusive track on Monotonik. Full of truly crunchy sounds, but with some of the twistedbreak flava that Monotonik so lusts after, this particular mp3 is full of unexpected turns and stutters. Listen, by all means, but were not responsible for what happens if you try to dance..
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There's still time to introduce new artists we think are rather spiffing here, and Finland's Lindon would be one of those. "Eksajoule" is a driftingly backed rhythmic idm treat, with mini-drum-fireworks lit every few seconds and a backing lilt which is truly beautiful. Some more of that more melodic idm that we like so much chez Monotonik? We fear so.
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We're delighted to welcome back one of the former d+b kings of Mono back in the .MOD days, Jani 'Dice/Prob.' Niiranen, with this amazingly smooth remix of his 1998 .MOD release, 'Skyline' - a wickedly good re-tooling of a track from wayback. Nowadays, Dice has released tracks on labels like Straight Up Breakbeat , Moving Shadow , and his own Mangofunk Records , with forthcoming releases - solo on Defunked , and alongside a long-awaited Peshay remix on Mangofunk. He also plays out regularly in...
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Another welcome release from Australia's Tim Koch, and this particular track, once composed under the Tsunami Brothers moniker, mixes weirdly compelling rolling beats with quick changes of pace and high falutin', radio-tuning-spattered synths. As mentioned previously, Thug's "Isolated Rhythm Chock" album on Aural Industries is a big hit with melodic idm fans all over the place, and his previous releases on Monotonik as Thug and Serkul have been pretty popular, too. More of his work...
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It's been 10 years (at least) since Hoffman, aka Dreamfish, aka Hydlide, was hanging out on the UK Amiga .MOD scene with h0l, Subi, Twilight, and a whole bunch of the other Mono founders. It's been 5 years since the first ever release on Mono was a remix of "Time Slip" by Hoffman. It's been 4 years since the release of the original "Unreal" .MOD (grab here ),a truly kickin piece of supa.loop.led d+b action on Mono211. And now, the present day, whereby the still.got.it...
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A long-time denizen of the 'tracker' scene, and more recently a videogame musician on titles such as the multi-award-winning Ion Storm opus, "Deus Ex", we're delighted to release this great piece of clicked-up electronics from the Boston, US-based Basehead. "Beacon" is a really special piece of clickish-house, with some of the sharpened drums and syncopated rhythms that characterise that particular subgenre. Add the deeper-than-subterranean sub-bass and echo-laden lead lines...
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The debut on Monotonik from New Zealand-based Aquaboogie, "Woozy Dog" is a ultra-spaced electro-tinted stroll through fields of.. well, if we could just focus a little better, we could work out what they were fields of, but the Earth's moving a bit fast.. we'd better have a sit down... *stares vacantly into space, grinning*.. [Such is the power of Aquaboogie's narcotic atmospherics, our song-describing blokes appear to have taken a funny turn. Suffice to say, some neat dialog-rippling...
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Time for Vim!'s second mp3 release, and it's a stand-out piece of totally original 'electronic music', poised anywhere between breakbeat, idm, and triphop. Definitions really don't make sense in this case - let's just say this wouldn't be out of place on Rephlex or Skam. Watch the trademark Follin-esque oblique Vim! chords too.. mm, retrocreamygoodness..
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Far be it for us to be mysterious, but _ And The Secret Formula is damn spooky in his (its?) ability to glide up to our virtual front door, throw an mp3-containing brick thru it, and disappear back into the night again. Who _was_ that masked musician? In this case, it was a masked musician who starts by cutting up rap lyrics into miniscule pieces, and then re-assembling them into geek-beatbox-heaven. Then dump a damn funky beat over the top, a little booty bass, some slick synth licks, and you...
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Finally here, and the first non-.MP3/.MOD release on Monotonik, we're _very_ proud to present an officially sanctioned compilation with the creator-picked best of the .SID (Commodore 64) tunes from the legendary Vibrants crew. Even for those of you who weren't C64-owners or fans, know this - Vibrants are a Danish crew who were formed back in 1987 and number some of the biggest composers in Commodore 64 history, including Laxity and Drax (both also members of the fabled Maniacs Of Noise), Metal...
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We're delighted to get the chance to release a new track fromAustralian electronica royalty and old-time Monotonik releasers, Pretty Boy Crossover , aka PBXO. Previously, we released acouple of their tracks related to their excellent first Surgery CD, "The Building And Formation", and since then, they'vereleased another EP, "Any Number Can Play", on Clan Analogue, and are gearing up for new releases on Surgeryand C0C0S0L1DC1T1, as well as new tracks from the group they share...
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Completely transmogrified from its original Mono211 release, this amazing remix comes from Swedish artist Frank Bolero, who's been floating around negativspace for some time, along with his partner in crime Bill Yard.So what was once ninja-esque breakz flips right around into the kind of pure tones and drop dead lovely melodies that are hopefully coming to characterise the Monotonik label - sinewave arpeggios, shuffling drums, phasing bass, drifting chords.. makes you wanna die, no? Or sigh. Or...
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Much more of a 'fun' release than anything else, this great piece of electro from Helsinki guys Prob+Mirko was meant to compete in the mp3 competition at Assembly 99, the hackerdemo party held a couple of weeks back. But in the end it was encoded at the wrong rate and got disqualified, so we get the benefit of the damn catchy vocoded lyrics and oldskool robotikvoices (yes, it's all their own work, not samples..) for the first time on m211. 'We are here to make you move, so come on people - rock...
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His last release on Monotonik was wayback when we were putting out .MODs, so it's a delight to finally put out another tune from Helsinki native, Jaakko Manninen, aka md, and as our 50th Monotonik release, too. Now residing in London, his "Appelsap" mp3-release was put out on CD by Merck Records recently, including some great remixes from Thug, Ilkae, Crankshaft (Yolk!), and even Warp-signed Brothomstates, and his "Between Gaps" opus, formerly due out as the first release on...
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Australian idm wonderboy Thug, aka Tim Koch, lets us borrow some moreof his latest and greatest tracks for exclusive mp3 releaseon Monotonik, and boy, are we glad he did. This particular tune weaves the dense idm melodies (that has him compared to early Black Dog) with complex rhythms and hues to create somethingrather original. "Sudafed x2" continues to delight on multiple listens, not leastbecause of the strange static impacted undertones, but in themain because it's just beautiful...
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Whilst our long-time companion Vim! is preparing for his second album on Surgery , upcoming material on Civik , and his appearance on the Machine Drum remixLP on Merck , he's been doing some sabbatical work on the VERY cool Nintendo Gameboy music creation software package, 'Little Sound DJ'. So, exclusively for the benefit of Monotonik types, we have this megamix-styled Vim! jam, "Time For The Squares", all created just using an old-style black+white Nintendo Gameboy and LSDJ!...
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This release comes from Finnish musician Substance, who provides us with a hard, filtered d+b track with an evil agenda to make your feet tap. But there's lots of hidden subtlety, both in rhythm and texture, which emerges the more you listen to it. somewhere towards the Bristol d+b sound but tending to echo a less filtered Optical-styled sound, this is the sound of jungle getting lean, mean, and moody just in time for the new millenium.
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The second Monotonik release from the dreamily different Phasmid, straight outta Birmingham, Alabama, travelling circuitously via Analog-town and Kraftwerk-ville, straight into our ever eager ears. Phasmid should be congratulated on both the birth of his third kid (yay!) and his two forthcoming releases on the Skylaboperations label, which include remixes by Bochum Welt and the similarly saintly Isan. More analytically, "The Sun Pictures" was a particular fave of the Monotonik crew...
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The second mtk.release (third release over both mtk and m211!) for UK-based Pendle, aka Idmonster, and his output seems to just keep getting better. After his previous Idmonster track we put out, 'The Force May Be With You', attracted attention from the verycool Neo-Ouija (Lee Metamatics/Norken's label!), we're pleased to note that track'll be on the "Cottage Industries 2" compilation with Funckarma, Novel23, EU and more, wheeee. Anyhow, "My Human Side" is Idmonster's new...
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For some reason, we sat on the demos Phasmid sent us for a few months. Then we listened again and smacked ourselves upside the head for not putting out the US idm-er's material, like, _immediately_. Why? It's the missing link Monotonik may have been needing, a bridge between laid-back traditional melodics and something a little more unconventional and new. So, welcome to Phasmid's skewed world-view courtesy of "Heroine Of Goat Bells", all Plone-ish weird instruments and out-there...
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A return release from Sweden's excellent Sushi Brother, another ex-demo-scener who's really kicking things with an unique elektronik style, this one even more indescribable and intriguing than a chocolate potato (or a deep-fried Mars Bar).Sushi Brother has his excellent 'Shadowfighter' former mtk.release out on 7" about now, courtesy of Bop Records, btw - it also includes the Frank and Bill remix we also released, and with Bill (Yard) apparently featuring on the new Brothomstates EP on...
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The return of the spaced cowboy comes in the form of this newly minted Vim! track, with the UK artist fresh from his new Surgery album, "Linden - The Home Of The Hits". And actually, this great track isn't on that CD, since it's a special, exclusive tribute to all those classic old .MOD instruments and instrumentals everyone used to adore, with a newskool spin on it - hence the name of the track. So, if you're digging the whole dumb drumbreak breaking things up a bit, plus the...
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When Jansky Noise lobbed us this tiny, but perfectly distortedexclusive mp3 to help promote the forthcoming Planet Mu releaseof Speedranch + Jansky Noise 's 'Migrate' album, we were delightedto help unleash it on the unsuspecting public. Hence.. here it is. A little background: Speedranch is the veteran noisemaster who recently collaborated with Venetian Snares on a Planet Mu album,and with James Plotkin and others for the Phantomsmasher releaseon Mike 'Faith No More' Patton's Ipecac label....
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We like it when old friends return to Monotonik, and after his very well-received EP on our net.label last year, Holland's excellent Secede provides a truly epic new track, "The Whistler", ahead of his "Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic" album forthcoming on Merck , and his smart-ola remix work for N5MD and Merck. It's good to thrive on angles, and "The Whistler" plots a course away from your average pure-toned geektronica, edging ever-closer to the template of instrumental...
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The first Hoffman release in 6 months finds our English beatfreak in fine fettle, with a corker of an electro-ish techno track, at least partially inspired by the likes of Luke Slater (hence the title, echo-ing Planetary Assault Systems!) As per usual, the vital Hoffman phase and form and function get together and blast a beautiful swathe through the canyons between your ears. It's the strings and the booming bassdrum kickdrum and the trippy melodies that really make us go boom....
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The ever-fertile Australian electronic scene has spawned another gem, this time the offspring of an earlier Monotonik releaser, in the duo Toby1, comprising Ruth Wilson (vocals/instruments) and Duann Scott (composer/producer/instruments). Duann put out an earlier Monotonik release under his real name, and also released a warmly-received album on Surgery as part of Modula, and Ruth was formerly with cult Aussie band Masongreystrange. Anyhow, the duo have been getting significant buzz down under,...
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Alaskan ambient maestro (and artist behind the first ever Monotonik mp3 release) Jiva, returns for this gorgeous piece of ambient-drone-rock-idm under his Sleepy alter-ego. This track features sampled and processed guitars by the man himself, along with a healthy dose of background noise and beautifully shuffling percussion. Perhaps a little reminiscent of Budd or Eno, but a little more contemporary than that, this is the kind of track you can put on permanent repeat play and not notice for...
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And the Monotonik experience couldnt be complete without a new release from the English madprofessor, and, we contend, one of the true individuals behind Monotoniks quality, Vim!. Fit At The Front reminds us a tiny bit of the AFX remix of Baby Fords Normal in the way it keeps the braindance going, but ducks and dives, spins and parries, in that uniquely screwed Vim!-style way. The melodies are weird as hell, the drums are boom bap boom in unexpected flurries, and it all adds up to a damn good...
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Having last released a track on Mono almost exactly 4 years ago, it's really been quite a long time away from the label for Isle Of Wight,UK/Finland based 4T Thieves, who's an oldskool Amiga demo-scener of the highest grade, and also operates under the name Soundstate. However, his return to the Monotonik fold is much welcomed, and this particular piece of casually expansive retro-activeness is strangely early-90s, in the best 'Artifical Intelligence'-influenced ways. With soaring chords and...
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After digging delightedly around in the archives, Monotonik is delighted to present the first of three 'virtual 7-inch' releases from Australian artist Super Science. All these tracks are taken from sessions done in 1999 for his super-limited Splashdown CDRs, and it's the first time they've been available anywhere besides those impossible to find releases. For those of you who don't know Mark, aka Super Science, from his previous releases on Monotonik, his Splashdown CDRs were followed by an...
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Something a little more unique this time, from Los Angeles-based Logreybeam. His wide-ranging electronics are really starting to break out, from his appearance on a renowned Plaid XFM DJ-set to his Metamatics remix on Delikatessen. More recently, he's been remixing Machine Drum for Merck, and teaming up with UK resident Xela as Yasume for their forthcoming album on, we heard, City Center Offices, home of the godlike Ulrich Schnauss and many others. Anyhow, we wanted to get something _different_...
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The second of three 'virtual 7-inch' releases from Australia's Mark Mitchell, these 2 tracks are also from the super-limited Splashdown CDRs released in 1999, and pretty much unavailable until now. Clue To Kalo , Mark's new project, has had its 'Come Here When You Sleepwalk' album picked up by Mush Records in the US and The Leaf Label in Europe, and we HIGHLY recommend checking that album out if you want to hear the evolution of his vocal-blended, lush style that has the guys at Leaf comparing...
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The first Monotonik release of 2002 is from the much-admired Australian ambient.idm maestro, Sense. Fresh from his much feted Neo Ouija album, "View From A Vulnerable Place", Sense was kind enough to let us release this new track, "Icy L Tap", which is featured on the "Annexe" 2xCD compilation now available from Neo Ouija. The "Annexe" compilation also features great artists like Kettel, Lackluster, Bauri, Idmonster, Xela and more - so we suggest you go...
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We're lucky enough to get another release from Australian quiet electronic.storm, Sense. Once languishing in slightly more obscurity than he deserved, his great remix of Lackluster for the DeFocus 12" ("R U Oho?") has put him squarely back on the idm radar, and there's going to be more Sense out on vinyl/CD in the next few months - a man to watch. In this case, we're graced with a koto-laced ambient experience, "220500", delicately twined with echo and its twin brother,...
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Continuing our interest in where the crunchy retro of videogame music meets the now and future of life away from your Nintendo, the mysterious AY88 (no name, no packdrill) delves deep into the innards of his primitive sound creation devices, and comes up with the exquisite tangent of "Console-Related Depression". Thus, whilst the first part of the EP bounces solid analog bass with metronome-style backing and gorgeously smooth arpegiating to infinity in an almost .SID style, the second...
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We're very pleased to follow up our initial release from UK-based idm-er Aereal with this contemplatively complex, wonderfully circumspect 2-track EP which we're convinced cements his reputation as the best artist you've never heard of. Something we hope we'll change. The EP leads off with "Bacurex", a tour de force of understated, melodically dense electronics in the tradition of the best B12 or Black Dog releases. And "Metro Cammell", the second track, stuns further, with...
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This release comes from Bearded Vault System, and that's not a facial-hair-related security device, rather the pseudonymous Bauri of Saundart Recordings, purveyor of enchanting and sometimes wild electronic noises. This particular track is beguiling, almost fluid techno, with spiky melodies drifting in and out of focus, but plenty of blessed minimalism too. Highly recommended.
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In his second release for Monotonik, German artist Ckid (also known as Crashkid) expands on his chilled but warm style that's marvellously close to the indie side of electronica, and all the better for it. We can only stand the beeps for so long, you know. So, lead-off track "TV-People" tickles you under the chin with drifty organ and crispy percussion action, before phasing in and out some nifty melodics. See, drifty, crispy, nifty? At which point, "Speaksoon" takes organic...
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Season's greetings from the Monotonik klan come in the form of this wonderful duo from Vim!, label-star and uniquely.. unique artist. So we kick it with trademark retro melodies in "4-Bit Xmas" and then do some warped Arfur Daley-sampling breakwizardry with "Wakey Wakey Wales - It's Christmas!" If only Yuletide could always be as warped as this.
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